The Hannon team seem to have found the key to Royal Challis with the drop to sprinting and another good effort is expected now he's found his niche. DREAM CAST only won a modest Catterick maiden to break his duck but he has looked promising in the past and that win, quite cheekily achieved, could well make him a more confident performer. On a fair mark for his handicap bow, he is just preferred to the Hannon contender. Pal Of The Cat has something to find with Royal Challis on previous running whilst Oscars Journey warrants a mention after a decent reappearance when not beaten far at Bath. He ended last season in good heart with two wins but both came on ground with plenty of cut so any rain will be to his advantage.
Royal Challis 3-1 (8-11) Chased leading trio, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards and closed on winner, always held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Royal Acquisition (8-11) at Kempton 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Dream Cast (IRE) 7-4 (9-2) In touch, headway over 2f out, led entering final furlong, ridden clear, won at Catterick 5f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf beating Sixty Minutes (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Oscars Journey 6-1 (9-1) Rearing in stalls, chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Space Artist (9-5) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Pal Of The Cat 33-1 (9-0) Chased leading pair until inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Royal Acquisition (8-11) at Kempton 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Somethingboutmary 22-1 (9-7) Awkwardly away and slow into stride, pushed along in rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 5l behind Roland (9-6) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Tychaios 100-1 (8-7) Chased leading pair until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 16l behind Jammy Guest (9-0) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) gd in May.